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The best time to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (and the worst times, too!)

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The best time to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (and the worst times, too!)

People traveling to Disney World in November and December often wonder which party date to attend for the lowest crowds. Here’s some advice to help you plan…

Disney Very Merriest After Hours replaced Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2021

In 2021, we didn’t see the full Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP). Instead, Disney Very Merriest After Hours replaced the party.

The After Hours event allowed guests to celebrate the holiday season at Magic Kingdom, but in a limited fashion compared to MVMCP.

Much like the other popular After Hours and Disney Villain After Hours events that have previously been held at Magic Kingdom, Very Merriest was a specially-ticketed event that had all the most popular attractions open.

disney very merriest after hours map 2021

In addition, event guests were able to watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, see Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, plus catch glimpses of characters, and more.

It seems more than likely that MVMCP will come back for 2022, but Disney has not announced anything concrete — yet. Stay tuned for more holiday details, which we hope Disney will reveal sooner rather than later.

What about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party?

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning in 2022.

The specially-ticketed event at Magic Kingdom will be held on 37 select nights beginning August all the way through the end of October.

mickey's once upon a christmastime parade 2021

When is the party held?

In November, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held a few nights a week, often on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. However, there are no parties the week of Thanksgiving because Disney needs to leave the parks fully open for the holiday crowds.

In December, the party is held 4 nights a week – on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. These go through the third week of December.

Dates that sell out

Though we used to advise people to wait until they arrived at Disney World to buy tickets (because tickets are non-refundable and determining the weather after arrival made sense), that is much more difficult now with so many dates selling out and with Disney offering discounts for purchasing ahead of time.

In 2017, the dates that sold out were November 9, 26, and 28. And then in December the dates that sold out were 1, 5, 12, 17, 21, and 22.

You can count on the first party and the last few parties to sell out. The party right after Thanksgiving is likely to sell out as well.

Which day of the week is best?

If you have a few parties scheduled during your trip and are trying to decide which to book, we advise looking at Tuesday party dates.

If you’re traveling in November, the day of the week will matter a bit less as those dates aren’t usually as busy as December dates.

How to plan your party time

Now that you’ve had some help deciding a date, how about planning out your party time? Check out our complete guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for info on where to find all of the characters, a suggested touring plan, and a comparison of dessert party options.

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Heather Thomas